tv Greta Van Susteren FOX News November 3, 2010 12:00am-1:00am EST
. >> welcome back, and it is now 1 a.m. on the east coast. and 10 p.m. on the west coast as america has a shift in the balance of power. polls close in alaska where there's a three way seat. lisa merkowski, the republican incumbent running as an independent. they're all battling out now for the alaska seat. >> still too early to call in
colorado. we told but that. and washington state, there you see colorado we're watching that closely, and washington state, murray had a slight lead. but this could go down to the wire, and we're watching it for a while. as you look at the senate balance of power, it's getting closer for republicans. they're not going to pick up the majority in the senate. but they could pick off another race in washington. and we'll watch that one. >> joining us for an interview, governor-elect of the state of ohio. >> we still won. we will make ohio work again. we have to get people working here. it's going to be very, very exciting. >> what message do you think this sendses, your victory?
>> 12 times, including sunday, bill clinton was out here on saturday. they just did everything they could. by and large, ran a very negative campaign. so i hope it not only says something about our vision, what we want to do, but i hope it will make a statement that we need to end these vicious, negative campaigns that we see in this country because it's driving the best and the brightest out. we need to get it fixed. but that's for another day. tonight, we are all celebrating. it is a tremendous win. >> i wanted to ask you about what you think the message was tonight? whether you think republicans are in emboldened by this vote, this historic vote in the house and the pickups in it is governors' races, or whether this was a message against the obama administration agenda? >> i think, there were two
things going on here. one, people were dissatisfied. but the energy i saw generated in my state was about ideas. you know, if you are just negative, you can't get the energy. but if you are negative and people are dissatisfied and you can give them a better way, and you can articulate it and you have credibility. you know, i was the chairman of the budget committee and led a great team to balance the budget and create jobs. so i had credibility and balance experience, giving them positive ideas is what i think really created the momentum and the energy in the state. >> do you have aspirations ypd the governor's seat? >> i do not. look, the people of ohio -- they -- when i saw them and looked into their eyes, they really want to believe that we can be great again. and all of my focus, starting tomorrow will be on rebuilding our state and making it great again. and it's... it's just such a great time.
and i enjoyed my time working with you and getting to know megan. but, you know, this is -- this is beyond my wildest dreams. i will tell you this, we had a great team and we will keep the team together because if the people with their snouts in the trough will try to block us, i'm coming to see you. >> john, it's interesting to call you "sir" because we argued on the "the o'reilly factor." i think that's what bret was going for -- beyond the governorship -- >> o'reilly! >> my goal is to host o'reilly again and to get better numbers and demo. [laughter] >> dream big. >> then i can conquer the world. i know you wrote a book "stand for something." that's coming back full circle for you. i will give you the last word on that. >> i wrote a book this year about faith. i am very grounded. i am prepared to do this job and
to build a team. nothing gets done alone. but, you know, ohio goes, so goes the country. so you keep an eye on ohio and you see what we do. >> you know we will. now governor-elect of the state of ohio, john kasich. congratulations. >> thank you. >> we want to talk -- to take to you alaska and the big senate race. hi, dan. >> reporter: hey, bret. we have breaking news here. we have a three-way senate race here. we had the polls closing just over an hour ago. and moments ago, we got our first batch of numbers, 68,822 votes have been counted, that's about 27% of what they expect will be the total vote count. right now, with about a quarter of the vote in, wyden is leading, miller has 41% and scott mcadams at 25.3%.
they are expecting 250,000 votes cast total in this election. we are just a quarter way there. we are going to get results throughout the night. but if this stays very close, then the absentee ballots will not be count, that's roughly 20,000 or 25,000 ballots. those won't be added until tuesday. so if it stays real close, they will have to have the absentees decide this thing and if it stay this is way -- and again, it's very early, if ridein is the biggest vote getter, they will go through each ballot to see who the write-in is, it's expected to be lisa murkowski. eight people have tried and failed. the highest percentage before this has been 26%, that was backed by a former governor in
the 60s. only one time in the u.s. has this happened with strom thurmond in south carolina. but right now, write-in has the lead. >> dan springer and another story wrapping up, that controversy about the audiotape that joe miller campaign said came from a cbs affiliate that runs cbs programming. >> ktva, they fired two employees today over that whole controversy, we just got word about that. >> they said that the tape has been sliced and diced and misrepresented. they stood by their reporters and they said they would look into it and now two of them have been fired. a man we have heard from throughout the season, who taps the pulse of the american people. pollster frank lund. your reaction to what you are seeing tonight? >> we saw it all over the country over the last six months. this was a manifestation of it, a lot of anxiety, sometimes
anger, sometimes it boiled over and in the end, the american people decided enough was enough and they threw out incumbents who had been in washington, not just for years, but for decades. they threw out committee chairmen. today is not just the end of the election. but this is only the beginning. this is day number 1. the republicans who are coming into town are more conservative, are more outspoken. but the people who put them into office are demanding from them a level of change that is quick, immediate, measurable. i think they are going to have some challenges, moving ahead. >> frank, you talked about anger. the exit polls showed a good number of americans said they felt angry when they pulled the levers today. what are they angry about. >> they are angry that washington doesn't listen to them. and ken buck from colorado had one of the best ads in the election cycle when it said that washington department listen whether they took a government
takeover of health care, washington didn't listen when they passed the $800 million stim scplus trillion-dollar bailout. well on election day, we are going to make washington listen. that's what this was about. when the house democrats decided not to do town holt meetings in the health care debate, they made a big mistake because all of that pressure and anger and frustration couldn't be let out. so they let out that pressure today at the ballot box. >> is this the catharsis? they have exacted a penalty for that anger over that vote in and then that's it. or do you think there will be a continuing push to see a repeal, to see something more done about it? >> not only do i think it, i know it. we did a survey for freedom works completed last night. the tea party supporters and those who don't even identify with the tea party, they think this is only the beginning. they expect washington to spend less, tax less, regulate less.
these are people that definitely believe in the concept of repeal and replace health care. i think that the greatest challenge in washington is barack obama, what he is going to face. it wasn't a rejection just of nancy pelosi and congress, it's a rejection of policies. this was at any time a democratic communication failure. this was a policy failure. that's why so many americans came out to vote today. >> frank, thank you for being here. >> we want to bring in the executive editor of the weekly standard, fred barnes and kirsten powers. fred, your thoughts on the night? you have been back in the decision desk, looking at the secret stuff? >> i learn things before you did. >> yeah. they do i great job there. >> republicans did very well. in the house the average gain since world war ii is about 24
seats, that are picked up by -- by the party that controls the white house, loses and the republicans are going to get 60-plus and 3 1/2 senate seats and they are getting six, maybe seven, or maybe eight, depending on what happens in colorado and washington. so they... they did that, which is important. but a couple of other things. one is they recovered somewhat in the northeast. they picked up five seats in the house in new york, five in pennsylvania, two in new hampshire. they may yet win that governorship in maine. i am not sure -- i think that's a dead heat. they're nowhere near parody with democrats in the northeast. but they are on the road to recovery there. and the flip side of that, sort of, is what happened to democrats in the south. another wipeout in the south. and to me, the most amazing the liberalo lost? policies that caused the most conservative members, the most
conservative democrats in the house, jim marshal, bobby bright, june taylor and travis childers. earl pommeroy but particularly those four in the south who almost all voted against the stimulus and the health care bill and against cap and trade. and the democratic label has become so harmful, they lost anyway. >> what do you think is the take-away for the democrats tonight? >> i want to address a point. i don't know that it was necessarily the democratic label. i think these are very conservative districts and they are referred to as snap-backs. they came in in the last one or two waves, very conservative districts. and the democrats are saying they had no business being there and they voted against almost everything. and they still lost. you know, i think that it's hard to get a handle on exactly what to take away from this. but to me, what it seems like is we have seen, this is our third wave election. things are swinging back wildly.
if you look at independents. they are very unhappy with what is going on in washington. i think the republicans just should not do what the democrats did, they said, oh, look, they love us. they think we are great. we are going to push through all of our policies and we will be very happy. when in fact, they were not saying we want a conservative agenda. we want the deficit to go down and get spending under control and get the economy under control. >> fred, you traveled throughout this electoral cycle. what do you think the message is? was it really a push-back of the obama agenda, strictly on health care stimulus? is it -- should republicans be emboldened when they head to washington and take over the house? >> i think they should be bold, at the least. and mainly, i mean, kirsten's right, this is a rejection of democrats and not the voters saying that we are thrilled to have republicans come back.
republicans are the other party. if you wanted to vote out the democrats, there was only one place to go, and that was republicans. but the republican leaders and i think you have heard them say it -- i have, kevin mccarthy and the republicans in the house have said over and over again, they know that the last time they held the house of representatives and indeed, all of congress, that they screwed up. they spent too much money. the earmarks were flowing like crazy and so on and there were some scandals. they know what they did wrong. i don't think they are going to repeat it. i think they tell start slowly. but they are going to be very aggressive on cutting spending, reducing the deficit and doing something about the national debt. they know they will have a vote on repealing the obama health care bill. but they know that it would have trouble getting through the senate. and at the least, obama would probably veto it. but theyville a vote on that and then have hearings, a lot of
hearings on the health care bill. >> they are already saying they are going to do that. >> they are going to do that. sebelius has come out. and they are talking about medicare and medicaid and the socialist health care system. and they are going to be hearings on energy. there will be on many, many subjects. they realize that the agenda in washington is still set by the president. they are not going to make the mistake the republicans did after they won in '94, thinking, gee, we can govern from capitol hill. they know you can't do that. >> how does president obama adjust now? now for him it's 2012. >> that's the million-dollar question. everybody's waiting to see how he will respond. he temperamentally is not made for this. he is not a bill clinton. he is not a moderate democrat from the south. and he is very insulated. he is very insulated in a bunker mentality. they do not have outsiders.
when he replaces somebody, he replaces them with somebody else in his inner circle. they need a staff shake-up and fresh blood. he needs to reach out to republicans. the idea that he hasn't met with mitch mcconnell is crazy. people can say mr. mcconnell didn't want to work with him. newt gingrich didn't want to work with bill clinton either, and bill clinton got re-elected because of it. so i think people are waiting to see if president obama will be able to make that turn. in people think he is, in people think he will take the attitude of let's work together hire, but i am not -- >> not really feeling it. >> i am -- he is not going to eat crow. that doesn't seem to be in -- in the offing at this point. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up, we will go to our panel of experts, including karl rove and joe tripe and fox news is projecting that republicans will win the house of representatives by possibly 65
>> this is alaska. we are just starting to get the hard numbers. right now, write-in is winning, with 39%. write-in is lisa murkowski -- >> we think. >> who lost in the primary. at least, we think that's who is winning. there are 160 names that will go for the write-in. but we assume the 39% is likely murkowski. but joe miller, the nominee at 34%. this could take days, folks to find out. >> you know what happened in alaska, there was a radio show host who encouraged people to go down and register as write-in candidates days before the election, before thursday. they got over 150 names on the write-in list. so if you are -- you are allowed to ask the list of write-ins,
you can base your vote thereupon. presumably, murkowski had a huge name recognition. we presume that most of those votes are likely for her. >> unless there is a glen murkowski. >> that's what the radio host was offering. he was offering bonuses for people who had names similar to murkowski. and he was yanked off the air. we are bringing in our panel. the former deputy chief of state to george bush, karl rove and journalist, juan williams and joe tripe and senior analyst brit hume. our projection model is suggesting that the republicans will have a net gain in the house of about 65 seats, of about 65 seats. juan, you are shaking your head. >> people are saying, 50, 55, i thought, okay, that's a stretch. but i think it's an indication
that it has been a wave election, a tremendous change and an indication of the economy and the independent voters who have swung heavily to the republican party in this election. >> as we see the number tick up, karl, how does it change the narative tomorrow from the democrats in the white house? >> the president has to see this as a rejection of his policies. ike skelton lost today. his personal favorability in the fourth district of missouri, long-time member of the house armed services committee. it was in the 60s. he lost because he had been a loyal member, senting the obama agenda. this is a big result. this is a direct result of the president's agenda and the leadership in the congress in the harry reid and nancy pelosi. there's no way around it. what the president does tomorrow -- it's going to be unusual. he will be here for one day. and he won't answer all the questions and then he will get on an airplane and leave for 10
days as we sort out the ramifications and how the new republican house will deal with the new senate and the democratic white house. >> i think this is a remindser of basic political truth. this is a center-right country. if you look at the number of the people who self-identify as conservatives, it's in the neighborhood of 40%. you look at the number of people who self-identify as liberal, it's 20%. this is an election-day poll, have you heard me speak, back in -- in, excuse me, 2008 on the day obama was elected of 1,000 voters asked to put themselves somewhere on the ideological spectrum, between 1, far left, 9 far right, they came out at 6. this is the way the country is. the results of obama's policies would have had to have been so sensationally good and life would have to be so excellent in the united states for his party not to be punished in this election for the policies he tried to put across that it was
unlikely ever to happen. >> juan, will there be a feeling on the left that they didn't lean forward enough, that they didn't do enough on the liberal side of things when it comes to the agenda will it be that we didn't do it well enough on the liberal side? will there be a left push? >> that's in play right now. the idea is that the president did not sufficiently communicate what he had done and the democrats, especially many of those who were washed ark way, out of self-protective instinct did not feel that they could tanned up and say, this is what we have done. stimulus spending. the president has said, kept us out of a depression. >> wait a second. you say that the polls don't show that voters support republicans, that they are backing republicans. yet, they threw the democratic incumbents out in such large
numbers, isn't that double the repudiation because they are not saying up to the republicans saying, "we like you"? >> correct. they are saying, they don't like the way things are going. >> they didn't like the people in power, they would be tossing out democrats and republicans. we have a large turnout. we have had the largest turnout in the history of a mid-term election, significantly higher than last time -- >> but, karl, who turned out? >> the tea party people, the republican -- >> it was large numbers of independents, particularly college educated, who voted democrat in '08 and democrat in '06 -- >> no, no. >> they didn't turn out were minorities. >> okay. so the people disappointed by barack obama. >> joe is dying to get in here. >> on the left, there is a feeling, almost from the get go, wait a minute, corporations got us into this, all of this stuff on wall street, cutting loose.
and this administration didn't take them on, actually, helped bail them out of the mess. so i think there is a big, you know, sort of -- there is a lot of angst on the left with what has happened. but in the end, six u.s. senators, members of the united states senate went down. 65 members of the house of representatives -- >> at least! >> at least, at this point. at some point, the president's gotta understand that that happened because of him, because of what he asked these members to do. many of them risked and put their careers on the line and they were ended tonight -- and does he believe he did something wrong or not? because, plenty of people in the democratic party who are now going to say -- >> i gotta tell you. i am talking to the people in the white house just yesterday and they said, you know what? he doesn't think short term. he thinks of historic, transformative. he feels he has done the right thing. he may pay a political price
short term. but ultimately, history will bear him out. >> i think the president and his team are entitled to a little time here. steve hayes showed me a transcript of an abc news broadcast i was on five days after the election in 1994. and i read the comments that i made at the time in which i was talking about the white house, what the white house aides were saying and what the white house aides were saying is that the voters of 1994 who just thrown the democrats out of power and the house of representatives for the first time -- in 50 years or more, or 44 years, anyway -- had done so because of the same desire for change that they had when they elected bill clinton, it was the same impulse. obviously twasn't the same impulse, as president clinton himself came quickly to realize. let's give the president time to think this hover and let the effect sink over. >> until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> set your tv/dvr.
>> what's interesting is the theme of the last couple of weeks, including three interviews involving the president himself is, this is a communications problem i felt right. >> which -- >> wait a minute. doesn't he have the biggest bully pulpit in the world? isn't he known to be an effective communicator? this is we have been communicating and they haven't understood, the people are stupid. when you act out of fear, you don't think clearly. the american people are thinking clearly. they said let's go to the polls and toss out as many of these democrats -- >> here's why i think you are wrong. if you ask the american people about congress, they have an even lower estimation of congress than they do of the president. specifically, they have a lower estimation of republicans in congress i. they have a funny way of showing. >> it the number of incumbent republican seats that were lost in the house, one incumbent in new orleans, who won because a democrat had $90,000 in cash from federal agents in his
refrigerator and the delaware open seat. that's it. bingo. done. over. if this was anti-republican, juan, they are doing a lousy job. >> the people who turned out were republicans and strongly so. >> and independent who is voted more than republicans. >> and independents who were upset about the economy. >> you know what -- i repeat, this is the largest number of people ever to turn out in an election. you ought to be heralding -- >> we are all for it. don't think this is an expression of 20 12. >> you know it's 1:30 in the morning, right? >> you are fired up! >> i want to thank california. >> you feel good about that. [laughter] >> this -- >> a big round of victory. >> those are your people? >> it was a good team.
we thank them for their effort. you are a gentleman. >> the howard dean thing didn't work out quite as well. >> huto bring that up. still trm myself. >> a few senate races are still too close to call at 1:30 here in the east. if you watch the balance of power shape up. some of the best speeches from the night, right here on america's election headquarters. >> the republican party will never be the same. >> our voices were heard and we are not going to be quiet now. [ female announcer ] treat yourself to something special for lunch.
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>> we have a few races we are just not able to call. but in the alaska senate race, you can see right now, 34% of the vote is in. but according to that, the write-in candidate or just write-in candidates are winning. it's 40% for that candidate or candidates. we presume it's lisa murkowski, the incumbent, the republican, who lost in the primary to joe miller. but refused to drop out. according to what we have so far, miller is in second place
with 34% of the vote and the democrat scott mcadams who the republicans started to worry about late in this race, has 25% of the vote, thus far. the race still too close to call. same situation in colorado. too close to call out there, where michael bennett, the incumbent is neck and neck with his challenger, ken buck, a dltd a., ken buck is out there. and michael bennett is the incumbent. there has been more money poured into this race from outside group thans any other race, $23 million, poured in by both sides, one of the divisive issues is the health care reform bill. buck has called for repealing it. his oppon, michael bennett, feels much differently. ken buck has the support of the tea party. up to washington state, where patti -- patty murray is
leading, but dino rossi is not far behind. he was the republicans' best hope to take down the long-standing incumbent, the fourth most powerful democrat. and it was an important seat for the republicans. we don't know how it race is going to come out. there were three senate race, not able to call. as soon as we know more, you will, too. in the meantime, are we checking in with william? we are, live in seattle, washington, with an update. hey, william. >> reporter: thank you. you know this race flew under the radar up here in seattle, but it did not appear for many months that 18-year incumbent patty murray was vulnerable, until the last week when dino rossi closed the gap and according to some polls was up two points. but with 60 percent of the vote in, patty murray leads, but they are only separated by 16,000 votes with more than 500,000 left to be counted. that will be tomorrow.
however, rossi should be ahead at this point because eastern washington was counted and the areas that murray runs strong, here in kick count neseattle and the bedroom communities of snohomish and pierce county, he is not pulling the percentages that the experts say he needs. so at this point in time, if the numbers hold tappears that patty murray will hold the seat. but as you know, this can be very close, dino rossi basically won the governorship in 2004, but then on a hand recount, he lost the race. nobody has conceded. and nobody has claimed victory as of yet. >> we saw murray out momes ago, speaking to the crowd, what was she saying to them? >> reporter: well, she said, hang in there. thanks very much. this is about you. it is not about me. you got out the vote. she said, i have to carry the fight and as you know, she's a very strong supporter of the president. she's proud of health care. she says, we need to continue to keep health care and stop the
republicans from changing it. this race, i will say, in terms of independent money, after colorado and pennsylvania, $19 million in independent expenses were dumped into washington state. so the groups did know this was a real race. and it is, again, too close to call. we will find out tomorrow. >> that money could help explain why the races are so close because people on both sides have been persuaded. we are checking in with bret, up from the anchor desk and moved over to -- i mean, i really think that's the billboard, technically. >> i had to stretch. >> i know. karl wasn't here. bill left. >> my legs are crippled. >> i am stretching out. i want to show you some tewel cool things here. the balance of power. we have been talking about the senate race. obviously, as if stands right now, 49 democrats, 46 republicans. that's how it stands right now. let's go to what if? these are the republicans. these are the incumbents.
this is what has changed as of now. you can see in the gray here, colorado, washington, alaska. now, we know for a fact, if lisa murkowski or joe miller win, this will be a republican seat, essentially, even though lisa murkowski would be independent, write-in candidate, she would caucus with the republicans. so that becomes a red seat, eventually, if you say that the democrats are not going to pull that out. then you are 47. let's say ken buck pulls out the win in colorado. then you are up to 48. now you have washington. you just had william there. dino rossi could close the gap in some of these counties, they are still coming in. it's possible that he pulls out this win. then you hit washington and look at that. you have 49-49 and two independents that caucus with the democrats. that's a split in the senate. it is a huge, huge deal.
notice, when you take a look at the races that we have been watching, the senate races. right up here in washington, talking about patty murray and dino rossi. you can see 17,000 votes between the two of them. here's the history of this. back in the presidential race, this was a huge democratic state, washington went to barack obama by 18 points. the last time patty murray ran -- oops, there is two >> what are they doing there? >> i don't know. the last time patty murray ran, that's 2004, she was a big winner by 12 points. that's some of the history, as you look at the vote total, coming in. her big support comes, obviously from, seattle, as you can see the blue. i really like the blue and the red, it helps me tell the story. >> it's working for me. i gotta admit.
>> one more thing. i want to go back to the big picture here and some of the races in the house races. here's pennsylvania. you can see how this has changed. this has changed. these are all red. some of these races are still blue seats. jason olmire in district 4. but the perspective about the northeast and this country is changing because of what happened in the house races. we have yet to see how the senate races come out. but it could be a very close u.s. senate split of republican and democrat. >> so interesting. >> dipretty well, right. e >> in you did very well. nicely done. it's 1:40. tip of the hat to you, brother. >> some of the best parts of the candidates' speeches are coming up and as we just said, we are waiting on some key races. don't go away.
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high-profile victory speeches. we put them together. take a look. >> i intend to go back to washington and i intend to get to work. and i intend -- and i intend to work as hard as we can to get this economy back, stop the spending and stop mortgaging our children and grandchildren's futures. [cheers and applause] >> my campaign has really been pretty simple because i think the priority is pretty straight forward. it is not going to be easy, it's going to be hard. but we know what we need to do. we need to restore fiscal sanity to this nation. >> do you know, tomorrow morning, there is going to be a lot of news and a lot of observers that say that we made history. it and in some ways, you can look at me and say, yes, we did. but what i want this to be is that we are turning a page. we are turning a page on where
we have been. but the history's going to be on where we go. >> thanks for senning a guy to washington that will fight for us. thanks for sending a guy to washington that says the same thing to everybody all the time, no matter where he is. this has been a campaign about the issues. and i have said for months, any politician wothinks this year is about anything you but the issues is going do get a main on election day. i think that message was sent loud and clear. >> we know that politics in washington is broken. when you look -- and i said this on the campaign trail so much. when you look and you see putting the party first or putting your personal agenda or political agenda second and the country last, it doesn't work. it doesn't work. it is not how we do things in west virginia. it is not how we repaired things and made them better am we put west virginia first. it's time to put america first.
>> tomorrow, or even now the stories are being written about what this election is about. what does it mean? we still don't know altresults from around the country. but we know that tonight, the power in the united states house of representatives will change hands. [cheering] >> we know tonight that a growing number of republicans will now serve in the senate as well. [cheering] and we we make a great mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the republican party. what they are is a second chance. a second chance for republicans to be what they said they were going to be, not so long ago. >> i have a message! a message from the people of kentucky! [cheering] >> a message, a message that is
loud and clear and does not mince words. we have come to take our government back! >> some of the speeches throughout the night. there have been many of them. it's been a fantastic night to watch all of the different reactions from all sides to the speeches. you know, the biggest speech probably was the house minority leader, john boehner who is expected to be the next speaker of the house of the representatives. >> it was surprising to see him get so emotional. i have never seen speak ear i keep calling him speak ear leader boehner in tears like that. but he was obviously overcome with emotion on a night that is very big for the republicans by any measure. >> but it wasn't a cheer leading speech. it was a speech of moving forward. he even said we should cross the aisle. chifound surprising. >> he and the president had a good call tonight. on the night of the election and
the day after, there is a spirit, perhaps, of working together and reaching across the scpiefl then, bret, you are the -- across the aisle, and then, bret, you are the guy. then it goes away. >> 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. we're waiting for calls in washington state, as we just showed you. alaska, could take a long time. and colorado. that senate race there, we are very close, too early to call as we track the balance of you power right there in the u.s. senate. and america's election headquarters.
>> you're looking live at las vegas. the senate majority leader who squeaked by in his election, he's heading back to washington. let's listen in. >> my tireless staff and all my generous volunteers... [cheering] >> i wish my voice could convey what's in my heart. that is thank you, thank you, thank you.
you never gave up. you never gave up. because you know nevadans never give up. i know how hard you worked and i appreciate each minute you spent, each hour, days, weeks, months and years. and i thank the people for that. it's always been my honor to represent the state, to serve the state and to fight for the state and to fight for each of you. [cheering] and -- and, friends, i am not finished fighting. in fact, tonight, i am more determined than ever. [cheering] you see, i have been in some pretty tough fights in my day.
they have been in the street. they have been in a boxing ring. they have been in the united states senate. but i have to admit, this has been one of the toughest. but it's nothing compared to the fights families are facing all over nevada right now. [applause] >> this race has been called. but the fight is far from over. the bell that just rang is not the end of the fight. it's the start of the next round. [cheering] i know a lot of nevadans feel like they have been counted out. but you know, i know what that's like. i have taken on powerful forces, no one dared to challenge them. and virun in some tough elections no one thought i could win. so i know what it's like to have the odds stacked against you.
i know what it's like to take a punch. vitaken a few. but more importantly, i know what it's like to get back on your feet. >> reedry, we have heard him make boxing analogies many times and there he goes again, saying this is the beginning of the next round. we'll see what that means. joining us for final thoughts, our panel. brit, as we wind up the night, your final thoughts? >> well, it's been the wave of election that we anticipated, that the polling pointed to. it was not as huge as i thought it would have been. i don't know what the final net vote count will be. how big a percentage advantage the republicans will enjoy. if it had been as big as it looked yesterday for a time, i think they would have won the senate and they didn't. but it's a huge turnout. it's the single biggest reversal of political fortunes as i have ever seen and i have been
covering politics as long as i can remember. there are some very stern lessons about over red mandates and trying to take the country in an ideological direction that the country is resistant to going and the fail tower solve the single biggest problem you face as president. that's the story of this election tonight. it is not a big mandate for republicans. and i think the republican leadership so far has shown, with the humility of john boehner's comments and rand paul saying we were going to take our government back. they have a ways to go. >> i said something earlier to karl rove and juan started to talk about, most of the republicans won, right. so it must be against the democrats. i think it's against the power in power and the republicans are want in power. they don't have control every everything, but they will be held much more accountable. and i am really interested it
see if the tea party does a better job than the obama voters did of holding the people they leaked accountable. >> -- elected accountable. >> this was an amazing election, where the republicans win, say, 65 seats, six, seven or eight senate seats. they are going to have enormous power in washington. the president still is the biggest person who, sets the ajebda, but the republicans -- agenda, but the republicans can do a lot. they are going to go after spending, starting with rescissions and paul ryan will head the budget committee and write a budget. the senate is going to have -- not a majority of republicans but they -- there are 24 democratic senators up in 2012 and a lot of those will be more conservative than they have been because they want to get re-elected. >> 30 seconds, juan. >> the president is in the rose garden tomorrow, to try to make sense of this before he gets on the plane to go to india.
my sense is that he is specifically going to target with david alaxelrod, the independent voters who sided with the republicans in this election. and he has to show bipartisan able. he has to show he is making an attempt to work with the republicans. if the republicans rebuff him, let it go against them, not him. >> panel, thank you very much. america voted, america decided. and it's changed the course of this country. and the campaign ads stop and the phone calls stop. as of tonight. >> that's true. but this is just the beginning of our election coverage. many people say this is the kickoff in ernest to the 2012 presidential race. weil continue to analyze and discuss the results. thanks to all of you for being with us. >> bye-bye. ♪
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